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Scribd/Washington Post

People's (Relative) Favorite Book by State

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Scribd/Washington Post

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Alternate title: They love us in North Dakota!

Today's map is from Scribd, which is the Netflix of e-books. Scribd breaks down their findings by geography and demographics, allowing the Washington Post to create this map of the most popular books in each state, relatively speaking.

That last clause is important—the titles shown here are not the absolute favorites, which would be relatively consistent across state lines, but rather the book that's most popular in each state versus other states. While we're not sure why people in Alaska are so into ice cream cookbooks, we'd like to thank North Dakota's readers for being such big fans of The Mental Floss History of the United States.

The Afternoon Map is a new semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. Thanks to Scribd and Caitlin Dewey of the Washington Post for this one.

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Map: All 50 States Reimagined as Food Puns

Pun enthusiasts will recall that we've covered Chris Durso's Foodnited States of America before. Now the project, which was inspired by Durso's young son, is available in map form in the Foodiggity store.

If you can't figure all of these out on the map above, here's the complete list and a larger image of each state's selection.

Mapping the Most Popular Holiday Movie in Each State

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The holiday season is all about unity, but few topics are more divisive than which Christmas movie is the ultimate seasonal film. For every Home Alone fan, there’s an Elf enthusiast. To settle the score, the folks at online TV service provider have collected the top-rated yuletide films as rated over at AMC, and cross-referenced them with Google Trends state data from the past 10 years. They crunched the data, and compiled it into a map of each state’s favorite holiday flick.

Residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Vermont liked films set in their home states: Christmas in Connecticut, Home Alone (filmed in Winnetka, Illinois), It’s a Wonderful Life (set in the fictional city of Bedford Falls, New York), and White Christmas (set in the fictional town of Pine Tree, Vermont) all came out on top in those states, respectively.

As for Southern residents, they preferred Christmas cartoons and comedies, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In New England, movie fans kept it cozy with the classics, including White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Pockets of the Midwest appreciated National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and residents of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes region liked Home Alone and Elf. And out West, the Nightmare Before Christmas reigned supreme.

Check out the full results in the map above.

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly.


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